Ark. panel tries again with 12-week abortion ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to ban most abortions in Arkansas 12 weeks into a pregnancy is coming back before a House panel days after it fell short of the votes needed to pass.

The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Tuesday planned to consider the revised version of the proposed abortion ban. The panel is also expected to vote on a revised version of a separate measure that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks.

The panel had approved an earlier version of the ban, but the measure was amended to add exemptions and remove criminal penalties for doctors. The revised measure fell one vote shy when it went before the panel last week.

Gov. Mike Beebe has called the bill unconstitutional, but has not said whether he'll veto it.

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Arkansas lawmakers say they’ll move quickly on tax cut plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas legislative leaders said Thursday they plan to move quickly on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s $50 million income tax cut proposal, but said there are concerns among lawmakers about part of his planned tax break for military veterans.

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Watchdog to probe Comey’s, FBI’s actions before election

WASHINGTON — In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.

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